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On This Day: Cleveland Indians win their first World Series

On This Day: Cleveland Indians win their first World Series

Kevin Naughton

100 years ago today, the Cleveland Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win their first ever World Series. The game was played in Cleveland at League Park and was the 7th game in what was then a best-of-nine series. 

Game five was the highlight of the series, which included an unassisted triple-play by Bill “Wamby” Wambsgannss in game 5, and both the first grand slam and the first home run hit by a pitcher in a World Series game, hit by Clevelanders Elmer Smith and Jim Bagby Sr., respectively.

The victory had a bittersweet element to it, as shortstop Ray Chapman had been killed when hit in the head by a pitch earlier in the season. Chapman remains the only player in MLB history to have died from an injury sustained during a game.

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